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Milwaukee 113, Washington 85

2/22/2004

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks can finally point to a win
on the road. The Washington Wizards are starting to point fingers
at each other.

The Bucks broke a seven-game road losing streak Sunday, pulling
away in the third quarter of a 113-85 victory over the no-defense
and chemistry-challenged Wizards.

Michael Redd scored 25 points. Keith Van Horn, playing his
second game since the three-way trade that brought him from New
York, came off the bench to score 13 points as the Bucks shot 53
percent and won their first road game since Jan. 5.

"We broke the ice," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We're
really struggling on the road, but tonight was a solid game."

The Wizards continue to plummet, and it's starting to get ugly.

They lost their fifth straight, and four of the losses have been
by at least 22 points. The 28-point margin of defeat was their
biggest of the season, and they lead the NBA with 26 double-digit
losses. Jerry Stackhouse was ejected in the third quarter after he
threw the ball to vent frustration over a foul call, and coach
Eddie Jordan was fined $7,500 before the game for a spat with an
official following a loss to Indiana on Friday night.

Then came a new saga: Kwame Brown took a broadside shot at his
teammates in his postgame remarks, and Gilbert Arenas responded
with interest.

"To me, it just seems like guys are going out just to get
numbers," said Brown, who scored six points on 2-for-4 shooting.
"They're not passing. If you look at the little bit of wins that
we do have, we have 20-plus assists. Games that we're getting
killed on, we have one guy with OK numbers, but he's just shooting.
We don't pass the ball. We don't play like a team. We've just guys
just whining and complaining about offense, and that's not
basketball. It makes me sick."

Brown didn't name names, but point guard Arenas felt the arrows
in his back and responded with his own not-so-subtle critique of
Brown.

"Everybody's getting the same amount of touches: If you ain't
converting, you ain't converting," said Arenas, who scored 21
points on 7-for-21 shooting with six assists and six turnovers.
"Last time I checked, I pass him the ball, like, six, seven times,
he passes to somebody else, right under the basket.

"I don't know where he's coming from with that. I guess he
didn't have 20 (points) tonight. I don't know."

The game was decided in the third quarter, which the Bucks
opened with a 13-2 run and closed with a 12-2 run. Washington
offered little defensive resistance as Redd roamed the court freely
for 12 third-quarter points, while Desmond Mason added 10. The
Wizards missed 15 of their 22 shots in the period.

Stackhouse was gone with 5:13 left in the quarter. Upset over
being called for a foul for reaching around Mason, Stackhouse flung
the ball the length of the court -- and beyond -- and was immediately
tossed by official Derek Richardson.

"We played great defense on their main guys," Redd said. "And
frustration set in."

Brian Skinner added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Smith had
12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who had a tough loss to
the Clippers the night before.

Van Horn started slowly, just as he did Saturday night against
the Clippers. His first two jumpers were bricks, but he scored nine
straight Bucks points in the second quarter, including a dunk off a
missed layup on a fast break and a baseline 3-pointer. Another big
man off the bench, Dan Gadzuric, took over late in the half with
three authoritative dunks as Milwaukee took a 56-48 halftime lead.

"Hopefully this will be a snowball effect for the rest of our
games on the road," Redd said. "The road has been our Achilles'
heel."

Game notes
Jordan would not comment on his fine. His transgression
came when berated official Leon Wood in the middle of the court
after the final whistle in the loss to the Pacers. ... Brown got
his 1,000th career rebound, and Arenas scored his 2,500th career
point.